Daily Bible Verse:              Romans 5:6

‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.’

- The Good News is that the Lord comes in our helplessness and gives us hope.
- He knows when the time is ‘just right’ and He steps in to turn things around.
- As we remember His death and what He did for us on the cross, we celebrate hope.
- No matter how ‘utterly helpless’ our situation may be, He is our help and answer.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for coming into the world to die and to give Your life as a sacrifice for me. I recognised that You are all I need and remember the price that was paid with thankfulness. Amen.


Daily Bible Verse: Romans 5:6
‘When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.’


Daily Bible Verse: John 19:15
But they shouted, ‘Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!

Alive to God Blog

April 12, 2019

THE REWARDS

If we do these things and get rid of the doubt, questions or suspicions then God can begin to use us. While we are full of doubt and negativity, God cannot use us or bring about His plan and purpose for our lives. But if we can deal with these things, then the way is open for God to work in our lives and to use us.

Jeremiah 15:19 'Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah); If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), the I will give you again a settled place of quite and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness), you shall be My mouthpiece.'

Note the rewards:
1. A settled place of quiet and safety
2. You will be my minister
3. You will be my mouthpiece

As we read on we see that God has even greater things in store. We can apply this story to our lives.

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April 8, 2019

b. A MISTAKEN TONE

Have you ever discovered that when we are going through a hard time we can begin to sound like we are going through a bad patch? Jeremiah had begun to develop this tone. It was a tone of distrust and despair.
Perhaps he was saying things like: 'God has forgotten about me' or 'God does not have a plan for me', or 'trusting God is not really helping me'. Moaning or distrust and despair do not move God, God is moved by faith. When we develop this tone we need to take decisive steps to give up and let go of this attitude so that God can begin to use us again.

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): 'If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair)'

c. GET RID OF THE DOUBT

When we develop doubt, we set ourselves up for disaster. Doubt and suspicions about God and His faithfulness are unacceptable and vile to God.

Jeremiah 15:19 'and if you separate the precious form the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness)'

Our doubt concerning God is unworthy and unwarranted. Don't let it get a foothold in your life.

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April 5, 2019

GOD'S RESPONSE

God responds to Jeremiah in his discouragement. God gives him some advice to help him out of the hole that he had found himself in.

Jeremiah 15:19 'Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): 'If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), then I will give you again a settled place of quite and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwanted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness you shall be My mouthpiece. (But do not yield to them). Let them return to you - not you to (the people).'

Let's look at God's response:

a. RETURN TO GOD

The first thing that God does is to offer him the option of returning. Oftentimes when we are discouraged we become self-focused and self-orientated. We begin to feel sorry for ourselves. This self-orientation needs to be replaced with a returning to God and becoming God-orientated. We need to become God-conscious and remind ourselves that God is all-powerful and limitless. We must stop limiting God and return to a pace of faith in God.

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): 'If you return'

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April 1, 2019

Many people are battling with discouragement, despair, hopelessness and depression. Perhaps you are feeling like this today. You are not alone. Even the great people of God went through experiences like this. Like Moses, Abraham, Joseph and David. The prophet Jeremiah also faced difficulty and discouragement.

EVEN THE GREAT GET DOWN-HEARTED

Jeremiah was a great prophet who had been used by God He was the one who brought us these great scriptures:

Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.'

Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'

These are some of the best-known and loved scriptures, yet there was a time when Jeremiah was discouraged.
We find it in:

Jeremiah 15:18 'Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?'

Can you see the doubt and discouragement?

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March 29, 2019

THE CLEFT IN THE ROCK

Moses found this secret place. A place where He could experience God. In this place God made Himself real to Moses. Moses saw God. Moses knew God’s presence.

Exodus 33:21-23 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

The secret place is near to God. – ‘There is a place near me’ The secret place is found when we are near to God.

GOD IS CALLING US INTO THIS SECRET PLACE

God wants us to experience His secret place. It is for each one of us. God wants us to know and enjoy His presence.

Hebrews 3:15 But now is the time. Never forget the warning, “Today if you hear God’s voice speaking to you, do not harden your hearts against him.

We must not harden our hearts. Hard hearts block us from the secret place that God has for us. God is calling you to the secret place in Him that is reserved for you. You are invited back to the secret place in God.

THE REWARDS OF LIVING IN THIS SECRET PLACE

Psalm 91:2-4 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

Psalm 91:9-10 If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge— then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.

As we stay in the secret place we can have victory over sin in our lives. The secret place is a place of freedom.
Freedom from evil and freedom from sin. The result of experiencing God in this real way is holiness. Holiness brings its own protection. If God’s presence is a reality to us, this will result in holiness and in this way we will overcome the forces of darkness, which would like to destroy us.

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March 25, 2019

STAYING IN THE SECRET PLACE

Living in the secret place needs to be an ongoing experience. It should be our lifestyle. Not just a moment here and there. Life keeps us very busy with the distinct purpose of keeping us away from and out of the secret place.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

The scripture tells us we should abide. What this means is that we should stay in this place without giving up. We need to be determined that this is where we are going to stay.

THE SECRET PLACE IS THE PLACE OF HIS PRESENCE

Psalm 31:19-20 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man.

The secret place is the place of His presence. God is in the secret place and as such we can experience His presence in this place. God wants us to enjoy His presence. God wants us to know His presence. There is safety and protection within the secret place of His presence. We all need a bit more of this.

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March 22, 2019

GOD IS IN THE SECRET PLACE

The secret place is a place where God is.

Matthew 6:17-18 “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (New King James Version)

This is what makes the secret place special. In fact anywhere where God is the secret place. I believe that within each of us God wants to live. What this means is that within each of us there is the possibility of a secret place.

WE CAN LIVE IN THE SECRET PLACE

Not only is there a secret place but we can live in this secret place

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

What does it mean to dwell? The word dwell indicates remaining or staying for a time period. It can also mean to live as a resident. We need to stay, remain and live like we belong in this secret place. We can reside, abide, hang out, live and stay or tarry in the secret place. How much time do you spend in the secret place?

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March 18, 2019

When I was a child I had a book entitled ‘The Secret Garden’. In this book a young girl finds this place, an abandoned, beautiful secret garden. The story depicts her adventures in this secret place where she can be herself and be alone. The Bible also speaks of a secret place. It is a place that we as Christians are meant to discover. It is a place near to God where we can be ourselves and a place where we can enjoy God. God wants us in the secret place He has designed for each of us.

THERE IS A SECRET PLACE

The secret place is a place in God. It is a place where we can be totally at home with God. It is a place to which we can keep on returning. It is a place where we can enjoy being with God. A place where we can worship and love God.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is the character of a true Christians that he finds and dwells (stays) in the secret place of the Most High. There is a secret place for you and for me.

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March 15, 2019

TRUSTING GOD WITH TIMING

The best advice that I can give is to trust God with timing issues. It is not always easy, especially when we are between seasons and the boundaries are not clear. But God sees things clearly. That is why we can trust Him.

Psalm 31:14 But I am trusting you, O Lord. I said, “You alone are my God; my times are in your hands.

Are your times in God’s hands today? Let’s give Him those aspects of time that frustrate and confuse us.

GOD KNOWS

God knows what you are going through. God knows your exact situation and circumstances. And He wants to direct us every step of the way.

Psalm 139:1-2 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me.

Let’s trust God for the right time in each of our lives.

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March 11, 2019

GOD’S TIMING

This can be a very difficult aspect of us as Christians to understand. God lives in an eternal time frame with no beginning and no end. We live in a momentary time frame with a definite beginning and a sure end. It is for this reason that we see things very differently.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God sees things in a different light. He is not under pressure from time.

GOD UNDERSTANDS TIMING

Galatians 4:4 but when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son.

The time that God decides on is always the right time. Jesus also understood timing.

John 7:6-8 Jesus replied, “It is not the right time for me to go now. …… You go on, and I’ll come later when it is the right time.”

When the time to wrong it is the time to wait and when the time is right it is the time to move.

Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, with no way of escape, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners who had no use for him.

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March 8, 2019

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Have you heard this phrase before? I have heard businessmen tell me how crucial timing is to the success of a deal or transaction. In our lives as Christians we also face the timing issue. We need to be sensitive to the time frame we find ourselves in. Timing can make the difference between success and failure. I remember my father telling me that there are times to ‘back off’ or ‘back down’. If we miss these time we can end up hurt and devastated, but if we can read these times we can step towards success and God’s plan for our lives.

UNDERSTANDING TIMING

This can be one of the most difficult and challenging tasks. I have seen people rush in to things long before the time is right. The result is usually devastating. It is difficult for us human beings who are caught up in time to understand timing. We are always in a hurry and want things to happen instantaneously. But there is a time for everything. This is something we need to understand and gain a grasp of so that we will not make mistakes.

THE HANDS OF THE CLOCK

Sometimes what we want to do is to push the hands of the clock up to the twelve o’ clock position. We want to get to our goal now. My mother was taking music lessons as a little girl. She was expected to practice each day for 30 minutes. She did not enjoy the practicing. There was a clock on the wall by which her parents would set the practice time. In her desperation she would sneak up to the clock, when no one was looking and push the minute hand forward so that she could end her practice early. Naturally her parents were not that stupid and the end result was usually discipline. Sometimes we live like this. We keep jumping up to push the hands of the clock on a little so that we can get on with what we think is good for us. Time is destined to move at a particular speed.

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March 4, 2019

We all go through certain time frames in our lives. I like to compare them to seasons. Seasons come and go. I find that just when I have had too much of the heat of summer, winter begins to arrive and when I have had enough of the cold, spring is in the air. When we are in a season we may think it will never end. But there is a right time and season for everything.

A RIGHT TIME FOR EVERYTHING

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a right time for everything: A time to be born; A time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest; A time to kill; A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild; A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance; A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug; A time to find; A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away; A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet; A time to speak up; A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace.

This scripture has always amazed me. As Christians we find it hard to believe that these negatives should even happen, let alone that there would be a right time for them. An example: we may think that there is never a right time for war, but yet this scripture tells us that there is a time for war. Perhaps you are going through a season of one of these ‘negatives’. These can be difficult times but let’s allow God to help us through each stage or season of life that we may pass through.

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March 1, 2019

THE REWARD

If we will love the word of God and His laws we will not stumble.

Psalm 119:165 ‘Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.’

Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Listen to the rewards:
1. Great peace of heart and mind
2. We will not stumble
3. Then you will be prosperous
4. Then you will be successful

What great rewards. As we develop a love for God’s word we can avoid stumbling.

ALWAYS THINKING OF THE LORD

I like this one. If God is a living reality to us, then we can experience Him and will not need to stumble and fall.
Without the reality of God in our lives stumbling and falling can be on going. Let your thoughts be full of thoughts about God.

Psalm 16:8 I am always thinking of the Lord; and because he is so near, I never need to stumble or fall.

Let heaven fill your thoughts. It is important that we experience God.

GOD IS WATCHING US

It is great to know that God is carefully watching us. God wants to see us walking without stumbling. He is ready to lead and guide us all along the way.

Psalm 121:3-4 He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping.

This is God’s heart for us. When we endeavour to do what is right and allow God to lead us, we can experience. the joy of knowing that He is watching us and He wants to guard against us falling and stumbling. This is life that God has for us

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February 25, 2019

DOING WHAT IS RIGHT

As we endeavour to do what is right we will stay clear of stumbling and falling. Living a life of doing right is the way to live without stumbling. None of us want to stumble. We all want to walk with confidence and assurance. We can walk in this way if we are doing what is right. If you are walking a road of not doing what is right you can expect a stumbling experience.

Proverbs 4:11-12 I would have you learn this great fact: that a life of doing right is the wisest life there is. If you live that kind of life, you’ll not limp or stumble as you run.

Let’s determine to do what is right, for then we will be able to walk without stumbling.

GOD WANTS TO LEAD US

If God leads us this is the surest way of not stumbling. God does not cause us to stumble. He wants us to avoid stumbling. If we will allow Him to lead us then we can know that we will not stumble.

Jeremiah 31:9 I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble.

Won’t you let the Lord lead you? I believe that God is waiting and wanting to lead each of us.

We need to take advantage of the wisdom God has given and the wisdom He wants to continue giving us. Common sense is our ability to have sound and prudent judgment.
We must use these keys that God has given us and they will help us walk without stumbling.

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February 22, 2019

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO STUMBLE?

It can mean anyone of the following:

1. To fall into sin or waywardness
2. To make an error or to blunder
3. To experience obstacles that allow us to fall
4. To trip in walking or running
5. To walk unsteadily or clumsily
6. To trip

God does not want us to stumble through life. God wants us to walk with Him through life confidently.

TWO KEYS TO AVOID STUMBLING

We need to know if there are any aspects we need to be on the lookout for. Proverbs tells us that to avoid stumbling we need to have two things:

1. Wisdom – Knowing and doing right
2. Common sense

Proverbs 3:21-23 have two goals: wisdom—that is, knowing and doing right—and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy and bring you honour and respect. They keep you safe from defeat and disaster and from stumbling off the trail.

We need to take advantage of the wisdom God has given and the wisdom He wants to continue giving us. Common sense is our ability to have sound and prudent judgment.
We must use these keys that God has given us and they will help us walk without stumbling.

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February 18, 2019

God wants us to walk without stumbling. He wants us to walk with renewed strength. God wants to be able to run without growing weary and He wants us to walk without fainting. No matter if it is in our day-to-day lives or in or spiritual lives, God does not want us to stumble.

Isaiah 40:30-31 ‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Let us see how we can realise this wonderful life that God has for us.

WE NEED STRENGTH

We need to realise that we need strength and that we need God’s strength in our lives. We cannot always run on our own strength. Sooner or later we will need His divine strength. We have no power of our own. If we are going to walk without stumbling we need God’s strength.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.’

We can have a source of renewed strength that will allow us to walk without stumbling.

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February 15, 2019

COME HOME TO THE ARMS OF THE ONE WHO LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!

I often wonder what would have happened if Adam and Eve had rushed out to meet the Lord when He arrived and fell at His feet in repentance? We will never know how things would have turned out had they not covered and hidden things, but we do know that because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we can 'come home' to the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. In the story of the prodigal son we see things illustrated in great detail.

Luke 15:20 ‘So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.’

There is no need to cover anything and there is no need to run and hide. Run into His open arms with whatever it is that you may be carrying. He is ready and willing to receive and cover you and your issues. Notice the response:

1. While he was still on route, a long way off, his father saw him!

His father had been waiting and watching for this moment for years. The moment the father had longed for had finally arrived.

2. His father’s heart was FILLED with compassion.

Some translations say he was moved with compassion. The original Greek speaks of something taking place in the inward parts or even in the organs of the body. It speaks of a movement from the very seat of his affections. Gut-wrenching may be a better word to describe it.

3. He runs to his son.

For an old man to run is both difficult and undignified. But this father, a picture of out Heavenly Father, ran in this way to his son.

4. He threw his arms around him.

This was not a tender embrace. It was a forceful, involuntary and demonstrative action and would remove all doubt and debate.

5. He kissed him.

This became an intimate and uniquely personal moment between a son and his father. The Lord is waiting to do this for you. Come home!

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February 11, 2019

WHERE ARE YOU?

In the past when the Lord would come and meet them in the garden, they would be ready to meet Him. But this time they had run away and hid themselves. But the Lord, who knew exactly where they were, calls out and asks humanity one of the most important questions, Where are you? It's a question that we need to ask ourselves. Where are you when it comes to your relationship with God?

1. Are you covering things up?

Genesis 3:7 ‘Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.’

Trying to make things look better than they are never works with God. It may work on Facebook, but God sees through all our attempts at covering things up.

Proverbs 28:13 ‘He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.’

2. Are you hiding anything from God?

Genesis 3:9-10 The LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

We can never hide anything from God. He sees all, knows all and loves us all the same.

Hebrews 4:13 ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’

So we see that it is a futile thing to cover up things or to try and hide. Where are you? Is there any aspect that needs to be brought into the light? Do you need to step out of the shadows and into His glorious light?

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February 8, 2019

THAT TIME – THE COOL OF THE DAY

Years ago there was a man that was well known to our family. He was a great man that God had used in our country. One day he told us that he had a certain quote written in the front of His diary. The quote simply said the following: 'There are just two days in my life, THIS day and THAT day!' He told us that he lived by this principle that there are only two days that really matter in our lives, today and that day when we will see the Lord. Life is compared to a day. It has a dawning or a birthing, it has a daytime period during the heat of the day and then it has an ending or a setting, usually flowing out of the cool of the day. When we are in the 'heat of the day' in our lives, it may feel like it will go on forever. The truth of the matter is that the 'cool of the day' can sometimes arrive quickly or unexpectedly.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’

There are two things we can read into this phrase; ‘the cool of the day’.

1. God was very patient with them. He did not immediately deal with them, but he waited.

The Lord is very patient towards us.

2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow to fulfil His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’

Sometimes we can see God as this figure waiting to dish out flashes of lightning to deal with us. The Lord's desire is that we would come to repentance before judgement is required.

James 2:13 ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment.’

2. The Lord did not abandon them, He still came to them.

Even though they had done wrong and God, being all-knowing, knew of the error of their ways, He still faithfully comes to them at exactly the same time in exactly the same way. We serve such a faithful Father and He is a Good, Good Father. In our situations, He does not abandon or leave us, but He comes to us.

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February 4, 2019

AVOIDING THE GREAT DIVIDE.

There is the possibility that this wonderful relationship that we were designed and created for can be hindered. When this relationship is damaged or broken it causes a divide to come between us and God. Adam and Eve had done what they were specifically told not to do and this changed the nature of the relationship.

Genesis 3:8 ‘So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.’

How often as humans when we do something wrong we want to run away and hide. You have heard of 'hit and run' accidents, when an accident occurs that the perpetrator rides off in the hope that they will escape the consequences of their actions. The great divide is sin. When sin comes into our hearts and lives it brings a separation between us and the Lord.

Isaiah 59:2 ‘But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.’

Iniquities, is the word that the Bible uses for sin or wrong-doing. Sin changes the dynamic. Remember that Adam and Eve were in relationship with the Lord. They were not strangers to God. But sin caused them to see themselves and God in a different light. As a result they chose to change their appearance (they covered themselves with leaves) and they chose to hide from God. In the process innocence was lost. Don't give sin a foothold in your life. Deal ruthlessly with sin and when it happens don't run and hide from God, but rather run towards Him. Be quick to confess, because He is ready to forgive.

1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’

Remember that nothing can be hidden from God. Let's live in such a way as to preserve and develop our relationship with Him and let us stay away from sin and its ability to bring a separation and a divide between us and our precious creator.

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February 1, 2019

WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR SENSITIVITY TO HIS PRESENCE

We need to develop our sensitivity towards God. In the busyness of life, do we actually know when He is trying to get our attention or if He is present? In the story of Adam and Eve in the garden, there is a verse that speaks about this.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden…’

I have always loved this verse as it is something special. The Garden of Eden must have been a very large place and Adam and Eve could have wondered off in any direction. But there would come a time in the day when they would 'hear a certain sound'. They knew this sound so well, because it was the sound of the Lord God as He arrived on the scene for His regular walk with them. Most translations use the word 'sound' some use the word 'voice', but the original Hebrew indicates both 'sound' and 'voice'. Are we sensitive enough to hear and respond to His 'sound' in our lives? Or are we simply too busy and too consumed with the issues of life to know He is calling us into deeper relationship with Him? I desire that I would always be ready to hear His 'sound' or His 'voice' as He calls out to me to know Him more dearly and to love Him more deeply. It is almost as if we have to 'tune in' to get rid of the noise and discern that He is calling to us. Sometimes we are listening to so many voices that it is difficult to discern His 'sound' above the din. Remember He has designed you for relationship with Him and He is calling out to you. He comes to different people in different ways. He comes to us if we are saints and He comes to us if we are sinners. Let us be determined that we want more relationship with Him and we will develop our sensitivity to His presence in our lives. Let this be a quality choice and a determined purpose.

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January 28, 2019

Where are you today with God? Have you ever actually given your life and heart to Him? Is He YOUR Saviour and YOUR God? Perhaps you have loved and served God for years.....But are you where you should be with Him? Do you enjoy the relationship you used to know? Do you enjoy the relationship with Him that you long for? Is there anything in the way that could be blocking your relationship with Him? Is there anything that you are hiding from Him? Where are you when it comes to God today?

SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 2:15 – 3:10

RELATIONSHIP – GOD’S ORIGINAL DESIGN.

Genesis 3:8 ‘Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’

Relationship was God's plan and intention for His creation. He would come in the cool of the day and walk with Adam and Eve and talk with them. I love the picture of walking with someone in the cool of the day... It is not a picture of a race track, or a quick appointment. It is a picture of uninterrupted, relaxed interaction. God had even created the environment in which they would walk and it was a magnificent garden. So the Lord creates the environment and the opportunity for fellowship with Him. His ultimate aim with everything He does is relationship and the restoration of relationship. Even when He sent His Son, Jesus, it was a deliberate attempt to bring humanity back into relationship with Himself. Relationship is a priority to God. The question we have to ask ourselves is; is relationship a priority with us, and especially when it comes to our relationship with God? It was a priority for the Creator of The Universe to make time and purposefully connect with mankind in a focused and suitable environment. It is still a priority for the Creator of The Universe to meet and interact with each one of us. Relationship with you is what is on God's heart.

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August 1, 2017

Faith in God is a vital aspect of our Christian walk. The truth is that we all put our faith in something. The question is where should our faith be placed and do we actually live our lives with faith in God? I believe that the Lord is calling us back to a life of ‘faith in God’!

Jude 1:20 -21 ‘But you, beloved, keep building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.’

Our faith in God is something very special; in fact, the Bible calls it ‘HOLY’. We are instructed to build up ourselves in our faith. Our faith should be a focus point in our lives.

The question we should ask ourselves is: ‘How much faith does take to live your kind of Christian life?’

What do you place your faith in?

I believe that God is calling us back to a new level of faith in Him. I want to see a new wave of faith taking root in the lives of believers. A faith that will cause us to trust the Lord for the fulfilment of His promises and that we would see wonderful things happen. A faith in God that would replace all the other things we may have placed our faith in.


Here are some things we can place our faith in:

1. FAITH IN THE PAST

We call this traditionalism.

1 Peter 1:18 ‘Since you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain manner of life received by tradition from your fathers.’

Sometimes we think that we can put our faith in the way things have always been done. Perhaps we believe if we just do what our fathers did we will be ok. The Bible calls this a ‘vain manner of life’. We should not place our faith in the past. The past is no guarantee of the future.

2. FAITH IN THINGS

We call this materialism.

The world places a very heavy emphasis on this aspect. Years ago a popular singer sang and song that focussed on this aspect. The words of the song went like this: ‘Losing everything, is like the sun going down on me!’

Proverbs 11:18 ‘Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.’

Things may give us a lift for a moment, but that soon fades. I remember one occasion in my life when I was fortunate enough to by a new car. It was the first time this had happened and the smell was wonderful and I felt like a million dollars as I drove out of the showroom. I didn’t want anyone to eat or drink anything in the car, in case they spilt something. But very soon the wonder of the new car faded and it simply became my means of transport.

Faith in things, or materialism, is some that is fickle and passing. But faith on God brings a reward to the godly that will last.

3. FAITH IN POSITION

This is called influencialism.


This occurs because we believe that because of the position we hold to, will be able to influence any situation to our benefit. For this reason many people clamour for positions and they are convinced that when they get there, their problems will be over. Or we can believe that our connection to powerful and influential people will provide the answer we have been hoping for.

Psalm 146:3 ‘Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.’ (New Living Translation)

This scripture is sobering.

4. FAITH IN RELIGION

Sometimes our faith can be more religion than relationship with God. We then put our faith in religion.


We call this phariseism.

Luke 18:9 ‘Jesus also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves, thinking they were righteous, but who looked down on everyone else…’

Faith in religion brings death, but faith in God brings life.

5. FAITH IN MAN

We call this humanism.

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD.’

This kind of faith has taken the world by storm. Humanity becomes its own god and it thinks it is the solution to every issue and problem.

6. FAITH IN REASON

We call this rationalism.

Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…’

Our own understanding or the understanding within the human race, is not something that can be depended on and it is not something we can put our faith in. The Bible makes it very clear: ‘lean not on your own understanding’. The Bible also makes it very clear what we should do: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart…’ That is where our faith should actually rest.

Faith In God Opens The Door To Possibilities

Faith sweeps the believer out of the every-day, normal run-of-the-mill type of life into the supernatural!

Jesus said, “WITH GOD all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

He also said “all things are possible TO HIM WHO BELIEVES”

Mark 9:23 Jesus said. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’

This means that through faith, all that is possible to God becomes equally possible to us. Praise the Lord!

What is faith actually?

In English we have two words: a noun, FAITH; a verb, TO BELIEVE. In Greek we have “pistis”, FAITH and “pisteuo”, TO BELIEVE, both words having the same root “pist”. Therefore to have faith is to believe.

The Greek words formed from this root occur almost 600 times in the New Testament. This many occurrences of this word obviously represent a theme that is central to the message of the Bible. To have faith in God is to believe in God. It means we do not have faith in all these other things, but we believe in the in God and His ability, power and final authority.

 

FAITH DEFINED:

Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘Now faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE (conviction) of things not seen.’

‘SUBSTANCE’ literally means, ‘that which stands under or provides the basis for’. For example, a title deed is the substance of ownership, it proves ownership. “EVIDENCE” is like a bank guaranteed cheque! - A proof of things not seen; a proof that there is cash in the bank. In other words faith relates us to the invisible world – the world of the unseen.

Hebrews 11:3 ‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’

Hebrews 11:27 ‘It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

Our faith can grow

The Bible tells us that we have each received a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3 ‘God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.’

The Bible tells us that our faith can grow.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 ‘We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.’

1. LITTLE FAITH

Luke 12:28 ‘If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you--you of little faith!’

 

2. GREAT FAITH

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.’

 

3. FULL OF FAITH

Acts 6:5 ‘They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.’

Our faith increases as we feed on the FOOD OF FAITH, which is Word of God.

Romans 10:17 ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’

The Bible also says that we can grow “from faith to faith”

Romans 1:17 ‘For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.’

God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live the LIFE OF FAITH. Through meditation on God’s Word our faith will grow. Meditate!

We are called to live a life of faith

Faith is like an adventure or a trip in which we move from point “A” to point “B”. At point “A” we exercise our faith, possible by way of praying the “prayer of faith”. Our problem comes as we endeavour to move from that prayer of faith to point “B”, the answer to the prayer. How does one bridge this gap? Well, the Bible is very clear on this point in that it clearly states that we must add to our faith “ENDURANCE”.

Hebrews 6:12 ‘…follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance.’ (New Living Translation)

In other words once we have prayed the prayer of faith we must NOT give up on expecting the answer to be forthcoming. Jesus is more interested in our faith lives than most of us realize. Part of His current ministry is to assist us to move on to mature faith.

Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the “AUTHOR and the FINISHER of our faith”

Imagine being personally taught by Jesus? “Looking unto Jesus” is therefore the key to experiencing the “finishing of our faith”. Jesus, through His Word is the One who takes us from point “A” to point “B”. God’s ultimate plan for us is that we should live a life of faith. Six centuries before Christ the prophet Habakkuk said, “The righteous shall LIVE BY FAITH”. (This is one of the two occurrences of the word “faith” in the Old Testament). This statement of the prophet is quoted three times in the New Testament, in Romans 1:17, in Galatians 3:11 and in Hebrews 10:38. It calls on us to cover every area of our living with faith. Let us live a life of faith!

June 27, 2017

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June 20, 2017

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